Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz is a beautiful little jewelry shop in Cologne, designed 25 years ago by architect Reinhart Angelis. The unique interior concrete show-window displays can be rearranged via a simple cable and beam system. The untreated concrete slabs are flexibly usable as room dividers, because they hang on slide-able metal tracks.  The charm of the room is the contrast between the rough and unpolished concrete slabs and the finely crafted, delicate pieces of gold, silver and precious stone. Add in a charming saleslady and stunning jewelry, and it became the perfect detour to dodge a rainy day!